FERC approves rate authority for Genesis Solar project in California

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in a Sept. 25 letter accepted market-based rate authority for Genesis Solar LLC, which is developing a 250-MW solar project in California that is due for operation in early 2014.

On Aug. 6, Genesis Solar applied for market-based rate authority with an accompanying tariff. The market-based rate tariff provides for the sale of energy, capacity, and ancillary services at market-based rates.

Genesis Solar will own and operate a solar thermal generating facility with a net electrical output of 250 MW located in Riverside County, Calif., within the California ISO market. Genesis Solar is an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE). Genesis Solar and its affiliates own or control 1,906 MW in the CAISO market and are affiliated with several other entities that own generation throughout the United States.

Genesis Solar on Sept. 16 filed a notice with FERC of self-certification as an exempt wholesale generator (EWG) for this project. The facility consists of two separate units, each of which has a net electrical output of 125 MW. The project will use parabolic trough solar thermal technology to produce electrical power using steam turbine generators. The steam used to drive the steam turbine generator will be generated using energy from the sun, which has been collected by arrays of parabolic mirrors.

The facility will interconnect to Southern California Edison’s Colorado River Substation via Genesis Solar’s 14-mile 220-kV generation tie line.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.